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Israeli Summer Harvest – New Books from Israel

I love the end of the budget year! When all the research and curricular materials have been added to our collection, and some money is left in the budget, my inner Israeli signals “go for it!” This is when I go shopping for books that illuminate contemporary interests of the Israeli cultural and academic universes, just in case somebody will come looking…

Here is a sampling of our latest acquisitions:


ha-Tikvah cover

התקווה- עבר, הווה, עתיד: מסע רב תחומי בעקבות ההמנון הלאומי. אסתרית בלצן. משרד החינוך, האגף לתכנון ולפתוח תכניות לימודים. 2009

+ 2CDs.

A literary, artistic and musical journey following the historical foot prints of Israel’s national anthem.



Sacred trees in Israel

עצים מקודשים בישראל. אמוץ דפני. הקבוץ המאוחד/קק”ל. 2010

Sacred trees in Israel/ Amots Dafni

A colorful look at traditions, locations and customs surrounding trees in Israel that are sacred to specific religions.


שעור מולדת: חינוך לאומי וכינון מדינה 1966-1954 . טלי תדמור שמעוני. מכון בן-גוריון לחקר ישראל והציונות/ אוניברסיטת בן-גוריון בנגב, 2010 .

National education and formation of state in Israel/  Tali Tadmor-Shimony.

“Moledet” means “Homeland” in Hebrew. Coming from the verb indicating “birth”, a “moledet” class was the place where you learned the geography, botany, agronomy of the Land of Israel. This book looks at the relationship between teaching the love of the land and the formation of the State of Israel between 1954-1966.



לבשל בטעם לאדינו: לקט מתכונים מהקהילות היהודיות-ספרדיות/ מתילדה כהן-סראנו. ש. זק  2010

Gizar kon gozo: rikolio de rechetas de kuzina de las Kommunitas sefaradias/ Matilda Koen-Serano.

Cooking a-la Ladino! Bi-lingual recipes for the Sephardic cooking aficionados.



בעקבות הבעש”ט: מאוצרות הספריה הלאומית. 2010

In the footsteps of the BESHT: exhibition of treasures from the collections of the National Library of Israel.

Literary and archival treasures about the Ba’al Shem Tov and rabbi Nachman of Bratslav.

איורי התנ”ך של גוסטב דורה ואמנות ישראלית עכשווית. הגלריה האוניברסיטאית לאמנות, אוניברסיטת תל-אביב, 2010

Gustav Dore’s illustrations for the Bible and Contemporary Israeli art.

Artistic commentaries on the famous Dore` illustrations of biblical scenes.



נעמי: אמה של אומה/ פנינה גלפז-פלר. כרמל 2010

Naomi: a mother of a nation – a new reading of the book of Ruth/Pnina Galpaz-Feller.



לכתוב בשפת האחר: מבטים על ספרות עברית וערבית. רסלינג 2010

Writing in “the other’s” language: studies in Hebrew and Arabic literature.

Collaborative volume of Israeli Jews and Arabs about “the other” in their respective literatures.


תשע אמהות ואמא: ייצוגי אימהות בסיפורת העברית החדש/ אברהם בלבן. הקבוץ המאוחד 2010

Nine mothers and Mother: representations of motherhood in modern Israeli fiction/Avraham Balaban.



אשת חיל עבריה: עיונים בשירות נשים מהיישוב העברי במערכות הבטחון / ניר מן (עורך). כרמל 2010.

“Woman of Valor”: studies in Yishuv women’s participation in defense forces/ Nir Mann (ed.)

Abstracts in English.


Yaffa Weisman, your LA librarian and bibliophile!

Fall Harvest from Israel

With the new budget year come new books from Israel. The numbers and the topics of books being published in Israel never cease to amaze me. If you are interested the statistics, I invite you to log on to link to the statistics published annually by the Jewish National and University Library:

Here are some new arrivals to our library in no particular order:

המאבק על הזיכרון/ דן לאור. עם עובד, 2009

A collection of essays by one of the leading scholars of Israeli literature, discussing the works of David Shimoni, Avraham Shlonski, Shai Agnon, Haim Hazaz and many others.

(PJ 5021 L3.5 2009)


חרב פיפיות בידם: אקטיביזם צבאי בהגותה של הציונות הדתית / אלי הולצר. מכון הרטמן ואוניברסיטת בר-אילן, 2009

Military activism in the thought of Religious Zionism, discussing the ideologies of Rabbis Reines, Kook and Tamaret, with an extensive bibliography on the subject. (DS 150 R3.2 H6.4 2009)


חסד חילוני / דנה פרייבך-חפץ. רסלינג, 2009

A discussion of the possibilities of “secular grace”: a journey through the writings of Western philosophers such as Aristotle, Kant, Heidegger, Buber, Levinas, as well as through the writings of contemporary Israeli authors. (BJ 1531 F7.4 2009)


מדרש במה: קבוצת התיאטרון הירושלמי / עליזה עליון ישראלי. ידיעות אחרונות, 2009

The story of The Jerusalem Theatre Group founded in 1982 to give a stronger voice to Jewish culture and to women in Israeli society. The participants created performance art based on their study of Midrashic materials and their investigation of the Hebrew language. The book includes four plays and the process by which they were created and staged: Beruriah, Esther, Sarah and Sotah. (PN 2919.6 J5 E5.4 2009)

מדרש נעמי: נעמי שמר – המקורות היהודיים בשירתה / אברהם זיגמן. יד יצחק בן-צבי, 2009 .

A study of the Jewish sources of Naomi Shemer’s songs: Biblical, Midrashic & Talmudic allusions in many of her songs are presented in annotated texts, including a broad discussion of Jerusalem of Gold and its roots in biblical verses. The book is illustrated by Ruth Tzarfati. (ML 345 I 8.5 Z5 2009)


השמיעיני את קולך: עיונים במעגל השנה ובפרשיות השבוע – ספר העשור ל”קולך” / עורכת רחל קרן. קולך וראובן מס, 2009

 A selection of readings in the Jewish calendar and Torah portions, celebrating ten years of publication of “Kolekh” – a forum for religious women. Each chapter in the book covers commentaries and other writings addressing the Torah readings of a specific month in the Jewish calendar. (BM 157 H3.8 2009)


In Her Voice: an Illuminated Book of Prayers for Jewish Women/ Enya Tamar Keshet. Maggid Books, 2010.

The book contains a collection of twenty eight prayers and tehinot exclusively recited by women, supplemented by texts of Jewish sources. Richly illustrated by the author in the style of Lisbon Judaica manuscripts of the 15th century. (S.C. BM 667 W6K4.7 2010)


Georiopolis/ Dror Guez. Petach Tikvah Museum of Art, 2009.

A catalog of an exhibition that introduces the voices and images of the Christian Arabs as an ethnic minority in Israel and as a religious-ethnic minority amongst the Muslim Arabs.

Georgiopolis, a.k.a. al-Lydd, Lydia, Lod becomes a symbol of the destruction and exile experienced by many Christian Arab inhabitants of Lod, following the Israeli War of Independence in 1948.  Hebrew, English & Arabic texts.

שנה טובה ומבורכת!


What’s cooking?

As promised, a sample of our newest acquisitions.

Goldman, Marcy
A treasury of Jewish holiday baking / Marcy Goldman.
North Vancouver, B.C. : Whitecap Books, c2009.
TX 763 G6.66 2009

Phillips, Denise
The Jewish mama’s kitchen / Denise Phillips.
London : Spruce ; New York : Distributed in the U. S. by Octopus Books USA, 2009.
TX 724 P4.83 2009


We keep most of our cookbooks in a separate cabinet by the lounge marked by a distinctive sign. You can grab one of these & contemplate your High Holy Days cooking aspirations comfortably sinking into the sofa @ the Bookwormhole!


Or you can treat yourself to Alicia Ostricker’s latest collection of poems:

Ostriker, Alicia
The book of seventy / Alicia Suskin Ostriker.
Pittsburgh, Pa.  University of Pittsburgh Press, c2009.
PS 3565 S8.4  B6.6 2009

Less poetic but no less interesting

Kirtzman, Andrew.
Betrayal : the life and lies of Bernie Madoff / Andrew Kirtzman.
New York, NY Harper, c2009.
HV 6692 M3.3  K5.7 2009

And for those of you who invest every free moment in the study of Torah:
Sacks, Jonathan, 1948-
Covenant & conversation, a weekly reading of the Jewish Bible: Genesis, the book of beginnings / Jonathan Sacks.
New Milford, CT: Maggid Books & The Orthodox Union, 2009.
BS 1235 .52 S3.3 2009


What’s New and What’s News @ The Frances-Henry Library

“Intensives” = our existential state @ HUC-LA this week: four days of intense study in preparation for the new school year. This term also describes our own preparations aimed at making your presence and use of the Library pleasant and easy.

To this end, I would like to (re)introduce you to the few ways in which you find out what’s new on the shelves:

You can look at the dust-jackets (“book covers”) on the bulletin board @ the library’s entrance. We try to present visual samples of the hardback books that come in and do so in no particular order. These books are mostly ready to be checked out by the time their jackets are posted.

We also have an alphabetical list of recent acquisitions on the Library web page – New Books – that you can link to, or

You can walk to the back of the Library and there, at the “entrance” to our new lounge (a.k.a. The Bookwormhole” until a better name comes up – or until somebody endow it :-) – you will find the turning book stand where new books are placed almost daily once they are fully processed.

And this IS what’s new @ the Frances-Henry Library. Come in & check out the comfort level. Tell us how we can improve it. This lounge is a work in progress, and good suggestions are welcome.

Finally, I will resort to my old ways and pick a few newly arrived books and offer short reviews/descriptions to help you decide which are the “must reads” that you can hoard by the side of your bed and struggle to find time to read them…(8 such gems are precariously piled on the headboard of my bed ;)

Here are some pictures of The Bookwormhole (and thank you Josh Garroway for asking)